Local Native American Studies
kindergarten, first, and second grades
The kindergarten through second grade classes at Glenwood Elementary all applied to Placeworks for a four week residency exposing students to Native American life, history, and art.
Through observational drawing students investigated local Native American artifacts borrowed from the History Museum on the Square including furs, moccasins, blankets, jewelry, and tools. They also created instruments and dream catchers using a variety of recycled and natural materials,
The residency culminated in a field trip to the Springfield Art Museum. There, students had the opportunity to work with Placeworks teaching artists investigating artworks with themes in nature, and Native Americans.
Here are a few of the GLCE and Common Core standards we touched on in this residency:
Social Studies Standards
> Compare and contrast the habitats, resources, art and daily lives of native American peoples.
> Use primary and secondary sources - diaries, letters, people, interviews, journals and photos
> Identify and select artifacts- building structures and materials, works of art representative of cultures, fossils, pottery, tools, clothing, musical instruments
Visual Art Standards
> Create a paper weaving
> Create an original artwork that communicates ideas about nature, self, home, school, neighborhood life
> Explain different responses you have to different artworks
> Compare patterns in music to patterns in artwork